Ah, the teenage years. Who can resist the tug of nostalgia for the days when wild hormonal fluctuations ruled every decision, when laughable and superficial beliefs could define personhood, and when it felt like no one understood you despite how much you tried desperately to fit in and not say the wrong thing, for fear of mass reprisal that could end life as you knew it?
Yes, those were heady times. Fortunately, Netflix has made it easy for you to reminisce about the halcyon days of yore without making you ever leave your couch. These are the best TV shows about teens currently streaming on Netflix, a mix of broadcast classics like Gilmore Girls to Netflix originals like the Gilmore Girls-on-steroids.
ALSO READ:Our curated guides to the Best Teen Movies on Netflixand the Best Teen Movies on Amazon
All of Us Are Dead (2022– )
Capitalizing on the recent hallyu wave and influx of Korean zombie-horror,All of Us Are Dead is set during an apocalyptic high school zombie attack and features a sprawling ensemble cast, teenage drama, and escape room-like plot as surviving students must evade an outbreak that has swept through their school. It's a show for those who need a bit more horror and action pumped into their teen TV, as it's full of tense action in confined spaces, mysterious outbreak, abundant death, occasionally sus CGI, and One Special Kid who might just have the cure to end it all. While there might be a lot of zombie TV, All of Us Are Dead stands on its own emotional legs.
American Vandal (2017–2018)
American Vandal, about teen documentarians who investigate the conspirators behind the high school pranks of a dick-drawing vandal and somebody nicknamed "the turd burglar,"is much more than two seasons of dick/poop jokes. After the first couple episodes of each season, the more immature material falls to the background, allowing the show to satirize high school, race and class, andtoday's criminal justice system in a surprisingly meaningful way. To pull it off, the co-creators studied the techniques that made them so invested in such true-crime titans as Serial, Making a Murderer, and The Jinx. It's parody, homage, addictive teen drama all wrapped in one—an underrated win for the streaming service that's sadly been officially canceled going forward.
Anne With an "E"(2017–2019)
This Anne of Green Gables adaptation has one of the most ferocious fanbases on all of stan Twitter. If you've ever stumbled across it in your feed, it may be somewhat surprising, but the canceled-too-soon Netflix original from Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) is worth all of the hype. Not only is it an impeccably shot 19th century period piece about author L. M. Montgomery's beloved orphan Anne growing up on Prince Edward Island, few teen series are so poised in the way they address contemporary issues, let alone adapting them thoughtfully for the past.
Robia Rashid's ambitious family dramedy centers on an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum named Sam (It Follows' Keir Gilchrist) who's seeking a girlfriend and independence. The writers carefully employ therapy sessions and asides to shed light on autism, moves that are always more enjoyable than didactic. The humor sprinkled throughout rarely comes at the expense of its protagonist (N.B. great fun facts about penguins and Antarctica). And the show touts a message of inclusion and compassion, no matter the circumstances, to which all viewers can relate. It's an emotional ride, one that might get off to a clunky start, but one that's ultimately worth the investment, especially considering the bite-size runtimes and the heft that sucker-punches you at the end.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
Katara, the last waterbender of her tribe, and her brother Sokka discover a young boy named Aang buried in suspended animation in an iceberg. They learn that he is the Avatar, a reincarnated being who can control all elements, instead of just mastering one, and whose job it is to keep harmonic balance in the Four Nations. With the help of a few friends, the three set out on a journey across the world so that Aang can master all four elements and defeat the villainous and power-hungry Fire Lord.
Big Mouth (2017– )
In Big Mouth, comedian Nick Kroll and friends (including John Mulaney and Jessi Klein, among others) essentially hop into an animated time machine to play young, more insecure, and hornier versions of themselves as adolescent tweens beginning to date and watch porn, coming to grips with their emotions and sexuality. With a no-holds-barred approach to the horrors of puberty and the freeing format of animation, the show tends to really go there (see: Hormone Monsters voiced by Kroll and Maya Rudolph, singing Michael Stipe tampons, scary sex fantasies), forcing you to relieve the unbearable awkwardness of those middle school years.
Boo, Bitch (2022)
A YA trope that you've likely seen before drives this eight-episode limited series: the classic supernatural one in which the protagonist dies unexpectedly and is stuck in some sort of in-between. On Boo, Bitch, the dearly departed Erika (Lana Condor of the To All the Boys… movies) becomes a ghost after she and her BFF Gia (Zoe Colletti) get in a car crash on their way home from their first-ever high school party. Being that her unfinished business is checking off a handful of teenage milestones that make her more popular than she ever was when she was alive, the series pulls from a whole slate of teen entertainment tropes, from mean girls to fantasy. Once you get past the cheesiness, it's a quick, delightful binge that'll lovingly haunt any fan of teen TV.
Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Live-action adaptations of manga series or anime can be a long shot—and this K-drama is far from the first series adapted from Yoko Kamio's wildly popular shōjo manga of the same name—but it'll steal your heart. Set in an elite private school, a clique of boys who call themselves F4 reign over the hallways, until an unassuming, low-income student on a scholarship tries to stop their bullying… and eventually becomes entangled in a love triangle with them. Above all, it's an indulgent, over-the-top fairy tale set in contemporary South Korea, but that's what makes Boys Over Flowers so great. Sure, you've seen many love triangles play out on screen before, but you won't really know how much emotional turmoil they can put you through until you experience the throes that is Jan-Di and her F4 boys.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–2020)
Sabrina Spellman is a typical teenage girl, aside from the fact that she’s a half-witch and lives in a supernatural household with her two witchy aunts and her warlock cousin. The heroine, played by Mad Men’s dynamic Kiernan Shipka, must find her footing in both the human world and her new world of witchcraft: once she turns 16, she must choose whether or not to sign her name in the Book of the Beast and over to the Dark Lord, who, unbeknownst to her, sees the increasingly powerful young witch as the perfect vessel for his most evil bidding. The series takes characters and inspiration from the Archie comics universe and even has Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at its helm, infusing it with the perfect amount of grotesque horror and sassy-sweet attitude, making it a must-watch teen drama.
Just about everyone is familiar with the story of King Arthur and how he had to pull that damn sword out of that pesky stone. Cursed is another take on that classic tale, but rather than from the perspective of Arthur and his trusty wizard Merlin, it imagines the origin story of a woman who only comes into play in the legend later on. The series follows Nimue (Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why), a sorceress, who'll go on to become the Lady of the Lake, but for now is in pursuit of the sword of Excalibur herself and meets a young Arthur along the way. Created by the same names behind the comic source material, Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), the genre show has serious sorcery in its production that'll send you on your own quest of clicking play on episode after episode.
Dare Me (2019–2020)
Dare Me, a 10-part teen series that aired on USA, is about high school cheerleaders who become entangled in a series of dark secrets after a new coach, who used to be a hot-shot cheer star, comes in to take over their squad. On paper it might sound a little PG, but don't let this simple plot fool you: Dare Me is bonafide bonkers. This is no Bring It On-style "Big Red stole the Clovers' routine" type of scandal; there's sadistic bullying, infidelity, obsession, and even murder! Sometimes the show veers a little too far into dramatic territory, but it's because it's that kind of soapy teen show that's so outrageous that it's worth bingeing. Trust us: You'll be rooting for this one.
Dash & Lily (2020)
No show is as merry and bright as the holiday teen rom-com Dash & Lily—and it's seriously lovely for it. Based on David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's book Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, the series follows the burgeoning romance between two NYC-based teens (Austin Abrams and Midori Francis), who've never met but serendipitously trade a notebook back and forth, sending each other on dares around the city during Christmastime. The holiday setting is only half the magic of this one, which is really a whimsical story of two young people learning to come into their own. It has the power to lighten up even the grumpiest of Scrooges.
Dear White People (2017–2021)
Justin Simien's scorching send-up of post-racial America transitioned smoothly from its film form to a series, with Logan Browning stepping in for Tessa Thompson. As in the movie, the streaming version follows a diverse group of students pushing back against discrimination at a mostly white Ivy League school. Contrary to what the trolls want you to believe, Simien's work is not white-genocide propaganda; it's an illuminating look at what equality means in the 21st century.
Degrassi: Next Class (2016–2017)
The most recent installment of the long-running Degrassifranchise documents the crazy lives of the students at Degrassi Community School. Just as dramatic as the Canadian series' earlier installments, though updated to include more contemporary social issues, Next Class explores how young people deal with mental illness, identity, and the challenges of the digital age. Where some young adult series romanticize its core issues, Next Class refuses to do so and is a more raw representation of teen-dom because of it.
Derry Girls (2018– )
Teen shows are often good for some laughs, but few are as goddamn hysterical as Derry Girls. The Channel 4/Netflix co-production about Catholic schoolgirls in the '90s living through the end of the Northern Ireland Troubles is all about their own, unfiltered teenaged troubles, and outright laugh-out-loud hilarious. The entire cast and their quirks are near perfect; after a quick binge, you'll find there's no other fictional crew you'd rather kick back with.
Elite (2018– )
This teen drama centered on a wealthy private high school from Spain is one of Netflix's most addicting, watchable international offerings. It's easy to see why it's spawned some serious obsessions among fans: a juicy murder mystery runs throughout the series, there'sobscene displays of wealth that calls back the original Gossip Girl, and lots and lots of sex. On top of being a soapy whodunnit, Elite's issues-based side plots, dealing with topics like class inequality, xenophobia, and the stigma of HIV, are the running undercurrents that truly keep this show afloat. Even with subtitles, you'll have binged through this series before you know it.
The End of the F***ing World (2017–2019)
Somehow, a show about a teenager who's convinced he's a psychopath and wants to find his first human kill manages to come off as a charming love and coming-of-age story. The tone demands a lot of the audience: Can you empathize with the human struggle of a kid who wants to kill, kill, kill (and who actually, in flashbacks, does kill animals, including a very cute cat)? It's a compelling premise that tackles the question with necessary nuance.
Everything Sucks! (2018)
Set in the '90s, this underrated show tells the coming-of-age stories of an Oregon high school's A/V and drama club members, embellishing the proceedings with plenty of pop-culture references and slang from the era. The show is like if Freaks and Geeks was actually set in the '90s and a lot cheesier, although has just as much heart as the cult classic it's been compared to. There's an apt amount of nerds-versus-theater-kid rivalry as the series follows one student's attempt to shoot his first film, but at its core is a group of angsty, multifaceted adolescents dealing with trying to fit in, stand out, and come to terms with their sexuality. It's a short, binge-worthy single season in which you should expect in-your-face nostalgia and a whole lot of youthful positivity even in a show whose namesake suggests it revels in a cynical teenage attitude.
The Flash(2014– )
While The CW's Arrow teeters on the edge of self-parodying grimdark nonsense most of the time, the show's DC Comics companion, The Flash, is a lighting-speed breeze. Glee alum Grant Gustin stars as the breaker of sound barriers, who finds himself battling everyone from freeze-gun-wielding mad men to sentient gorillas in an effort to uncover his mother's equally speedy killer, and in later seasons, unpack the multi-dimensional logic enabled by other "speedsters." For all its teen-friendly drama, The Flash never shies away from the comic book nonsense (he said lovingly) or the splash-page action. Finally, our campy superhero TV shows can look and feel like the movies.
First Kill (2022– )
If you're obsessed with vampires, chances are you've made your way through just about every popular franchise to date. That's partially why First Kill felt like such an exciting show for fans to sink their teeth into when it arrived on Netflix. A classic supernatural story of forbidden love, the teen series revolves around a vampire (Sarah Catherine Hook) who's pining for the new girl in town (Imani Lewis), only to find out she's a vampire hunter—and both of them are on the cusp of having to make their first kill. It's extremely campy and at times delves into B-horror movie territory, but being that it's a rare sapphic entry into the teen fantasy TV genre, it puts a stake in the heart of the right audience.
Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Sure, the television adaptation of the movie adaptation of the book veers frequently into sentimentality, outright conservatism, and cheap melodrama, but it's these qualities that make it an essential piece of American television. High-school football serves as the perfect medium to explore the 21st-century American experience, and the qualities above are part of the deal. With knockout performances from Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, it's almost too easy to get sucked into the Dillon Panthers' football life.
Gilmore Girls & Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2000–2007 & 2016)
Netflix gave Gilmore Girls the reboot treatment in 2016—but before you watch the four-episode follow-up, you can catch up with this wisecracking mother-daughter duo with the entire series that started it all. The show takes place in the quirky small town of Stars Hollow and features a dynamic supporting cast so fully fleshed, you'll feel like a local after your first hour. For extra credit, the Gilmore Guys podcast dissects the series episode by episode, providing a present-day watercooler for your thoughts on an over-20-years-old show.
Ginny & Georgia (2021– )
begs to be compared to Gilmore Girls: There's a young mother-daughter duo who relocate to a charming New England town, a local hunk who runs a cafe, etc. But Ginny & Georgia is also way more The CW than The WB, meaning this one's way soapier than Gilmore Girls ever was. You see, Georgia (the mom) is running from a dark past while becoming a budding crime lord to protect and take care of her children, nearly to a sociopathic extent. Ginny (the daughter) goes to high school and parties a lot and has lots of sex, unlike Rory Gilmore. So, that being said, if Gilmore Girls on melodramatic steroids seems fun to you, good news: It is.
Haters Back Off (2016–2017)
Haters Back Off plays as an origin story for YouTube sensation Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger's internet persona), who has amassed millions of subscribers by caking on lipstick, dissing famous people, abusing the English language, and uploading tutorials on everything from dancing to making "TACO BELL POPCISCLES" [sic]. But Haters, co-created by Ballinger and her brother Christopher, focuses less on those vids and more on Miranda's offline pursuit of fame—love, betrayal, and tragedy all making cameos along the way.
Heartstopper (2022– )
Inspired by a young adult webcomic and graphic novel series bearing the same name, Heartstopper follows Charlie (Joe Locke), a recently outed British teen who develops feelings for Nick (Kit Connor), a jock at his grammar school. Against his friends' advice—Nick is straight, as far as they know—Charlie leans into the crush, unlocking something inside of Nick that he didn't know existed. The saccharine tale is a modern one, incorporating characters of every gender and sexuality, and featuring emotional appearances by Olivia Colman, who plays Nick's mom. The show's immediate popularity pushed Netflix to quickly order a second and third season, so expect these characters to stick around a while.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (2019– )
Contrary to its title, this show isn't actually a how-to guide—that would be pretty illegal if Netflix started dropping guides to the black market. It is a surprisingly hilarious German teen series based on a shocking true story about an unsuspecting high schooler who gets in way over his head selling ecstasy online in an attempt to impress an ex. The pacing and cynical, quick-witted humor makes it extremely binge-able, and with its trendy cinematography and Gen-Z references, it constantly feels like a never-ending trip you'd be fine never coming down from.
I Am Not Okay With This (2020)
Don't be mistaken: This series may feature kids (Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff) from the It movies and come from showrunners of both Stranger Things and The End of the F***ing World, but I Am Not Okay With This is actually none of those things. The dramedy is another adaptation of one of TEOTFW author Charles Forsman's graphic novels, though, about a teenaged girl named Syd who, on top of dealing with the recent loss of her father and struggling with her sexuality, somehow starts to experience superpowers. It borrows the nostalgic music cues and moodiness that made TEOTFW work, but on its own is a queer, tender story about how grief and anger can manifest in teenage girls. Telekinetically giving bullies bloody noses and destroying super markets aside, it's the kind of relatable angst that you could be very okay with.
In the days of TikTok and viral tweets, it's easier than ever for anyone to get their 15 or more minutes of fame, but back when the internet was a wild west of content creation, iCarly mined the popularity of pixelated, day-in-the-life vlogs to tell its story of a group of teens who accidentally create an enormously popular web series. Move over Hype House, Carly Shay and her friends were living their lives online before it was cool.
Jane the Virgin (2014–2019)
Yes, the title, the premise, the plotlines on this CW series are all ridiculous. But it's a telenovela—it's supposed to be over the top. What's truly unbelievable about Jane is how many serious, controversial issues it makes palatable without moralizing (#ImmigrationReform). Somehow, a melodrama about an accidentally artificially inseminated virgin raising a baby while flitting back and forth between the vertices of a love triangle, which takes place in a world populated by drug lords, secret twins, evil professors, and a police department conspiracy, manages to strike the simplest emotional and comic beats week after week.Jane deserves praise for its bilingual storytelling, strong female relationships, and uncommon mastery of a narrator's chyrons... but ultimately, we watch it because it's just plain fun.
Locke & Key (2020–2022)
Fans of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's graphic novel Locke & Key might be a little disappointed by this adaptation, which (at least early on) ditches a lot of its frightening horror elements and expands beyond the source material. It keeps the story about a family of siblings who move to a home where they find a set of magical keys that unlocks powers within them, and they find out they have to ward off a demon who wants to destroy the world as they know it—but it veers into the territory ofThe Haunting of Hill House, the YA version. While devotees to the comic might be disappointed, new fans are in for an eerie, mysterious, and exciting time.
When it was released in the '90s, Moesha was a much needed sitcom about a Black teenage girl finding her way in the world, and after all this time it's remained one of the most beloved sitcoms to ever air on TV. Much of that is owed to the star power of R&B star/actress Brandy Norwood in the titular role, bringing a relatability to the high schooler as she navigates her widower father's new marriage to her high school vice principal and the typical woes of adolescence. While many sitcoms border onto treacly when they fumble through tougher issues, Moesha handles those moments with grace and remains as necessary a watch today as it was when it first hit UPN.
Never Have I Ever (2020– )
Mindy Kaling and co-creator Lang Fisher pull off a delicate but ultimately worthwhile balancing act with their teen comedy Never Have I Ever. The show is an exploration of its heroine Devi's grief while also excelling as a sweet and goofy teen romance with plenty of boy drama to debate. Narrated with a hefty dose of absurdism by tennis great John McEnroe, Never Have I Ever follows Devi as she attempts to change her social status at school, even as she bats back the lingering sadness from the unexpected death of her father. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the previously unknown cast as Devi, is an absolute delight, and you'll be debating whether you're team Paxton Hall-Yoshida or team Ben Gross long after your binge.
On My Block (2018–2021)
As childhood friends Jasmine, Monse, Ruby, and Jamal enter high school in South Central Los Angeles, these kids have more to deal with than solely typical teenage drama. This heartfelt series about growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood is funny, endearing, and honest, exploring the group's relationships and ups-and-downs of freshman year, while keeping their friends out of harms way and away from getting involved in gang activity. Bringing diverse perspectives to the screen, On My Block is a great young adult series about a community seldom represented.
The 100 (2014–2020)
How many post-apocalyptic shows starring attractive young people do we really need? Apparently, one more! The 100, which was adapted from a YA series by writer Kass Morgan, is about a team of teens sent down to bombed-out Earth from a colony floating in space. Inevitably, things go wrong: Warring factions emerge, hearts get broken, and, as is required by TV law, beloved characters are killed. Don't let the show's soapy veneer fool you; this is dark, thoughtful material in a slick, teen-friendly package.
The Order (2019–2020)
Magic schools have been in vogue since even beforeHarry Pottertook the whole world by storm, and the fantasy subgenre isn't about to die out anytime soon. If you've already re-read and rewatched J.K. Rowling's series too many times to count and are looking for something new, you might want to give Netflix's The Order a shot. The show follows freshman college student Jack Morton while he navigates a world full of frightful creatures and hot-tempered bullies in his quest to join Belgrave University's secret society, unearthing dark powers and even darker family secrets along the way. Oh, and also werewolves. Lots of werewolves.
Outer Banks (2020– )
Centuries of colonization, wars, and storms means there are tons of shipwrecks in the waters off the East Coast just waiting for enterprising SCUBA divers to stumble across them. It's one of these ships, laden with gold, that's at the center of this teen drama, which follows a group of high-school kids hunting for sunken treasure, while also trying to solve a mystery about one of the friends' missing father. Mostly due to the constantly evolving plot, Outer Banks moves at a rapid clip, including a very fun fight onboard a fishing boat in one episode where people are shooting harpoons and flailing at each other with enormous hooks, until the exciting final act. The subtext of it all—in finding the treasure and making themselves rich, aren't the central characters becoming the sort of people they disdain the most?—is itself a worthwhile pursuit, but, for now, it's more focused on turning a summery archipelago into a den of thieves. Fine by us!
A modern CW take on the yuk-yuk teen comic Archie may sound like a shot of arsenic to prestige TV binge-watchers, but with a murder-mystery undercurrent, soap drama worthy of The O.C., and a sheen that looks like Twin Peaks by way of 300, Riverdale rises above everything you think you should be watching. Each young actor on the show is a discovery (OK, maybe not Arch himself, but this is why the comics always emphasized "& Friends") and the fully packed episodes earn all the twists and turns. Watch Riverdale and you'll be sifting through grocery store comic shelves in a week.
Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)
Hey, preppy! If you're looking for a neon-and-pastel-soaked nostalgia trip, head on over to Bayside High to hang with Zack Morris and the gang. While it may be dated and Screech may have always been extremely annoying, this is as classic of a teen sitcom as they come and an actually fun portrait of coming of age. (After your binge, you can even check out the recent reboot that has no right being as excellent as it is.)
Sex Education (2019– )
Yes, the hard sell is right there in the title (sex!), but don't let the red herring boobs in the first 15 seconds of this British series fool you: Sex Education primarily deals with the complex emotions that accompany physical desire. Helping to parse through those feelings are the mother and son duo, one a licensed sex and relationships therapist (Gillian Anderson's Jean Milburn) and the other a gifted savant (Asa Butterfield's Otis Milburn) who can coach his peers through their issues even though he himself has bedroom problems. Peering into the intimate lives of the ensemble cast of high schoolers, there's something relatable, hilarious, and melancholy about each character without ever making them into a flattened type. And with the original score written by Ezra Furman, Laurie Nunn gave us a gem: This is easily one of our favorite Netflix originals.
Shadow and Bone (2021– )
Fans of fantasy book series dream not of seeing their favorite story told on screen, but seeing an adaptation that's faithful and done well. Shadow and Bone is Netflix's take on Leigh Bardugo's bestselling fantasy series, known as Grishaverse, and it's seriously magical. The first season introduces Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a lowly army cartographer from Ravka, a country based loosely on Russia, who learns by accident that she possesses the rare magical ability to channel pure light, making her a powerful (and dangerous) Grisha. In Ravka, Grisha are trained as soldiers and led by General Kirigan (Westworld's Ben Barnes), himself a Grisha with power over darkness and a not-so-secret disdain for the nation's weak monarchy. Meanwhile, a band of teenage criminals from the slums of Ketterdam embark on their own dangerous mission, taking them deep into the heart of Grisha country. Because of how complex the story is, it can take a moment to fully immerse yourself, but once fantasy fans let it light up their screens, they'll find its romance, high court drama, and mythology hugely exciting.
Sister, Sister (1994–1999)
For many non-twins of the world, the idea of having a built-in best friend who was just like you was the ultimate fantasy. For '90s kids everywhere, the comedy Sister, Sister made that wishful thinking that much more reasonable, about a pair of identical twins played by Tia and Tamera Mowry who were separated at birth and coincidentally reunited as teenagers. As family comedies go, this one, anchored by the lovable performances by the Mowry sisters, their parents, played by Tim Reid and Jackée Harry, and even their pesky neighbor Roger (Marques Houston) ("Go home, Roger!"), is funny as it is wholesome, seeing two families come together to make one. One rewatch of an episode for nostalgia's sake and you'll be smiling ear to ear (and with the theme song stuck in your head).
The Society (2019)
This too-short-lived Netflix sensation blends the anxious social politics into the modern day, introducing us to a group of high school students who suddenly and inexplicably find themselves without parents, siblings, or anyone else at all populating their small town. When a bus full of kids is whisked off to a woodsy retreat only to be brought back home a few hours later due to bad weather, the bus’ cargo soon find out that no one's coming to pick them up. Everyone except them seems to have been erased from the world, and their town has been neatly cut off from outside society. It's up to a bunch of high school students to form a pseudo-government, make sure no one starts killing anyone else, and, hopefully, figure out what the hell is going on.
Stranger Things (2016– )
If you haven't binged Netflix's '80s paranormal throwback... what gives? It's all your friends can talk about every time a new season drops. While it may be a sci-fi show, first and foremost, as the beloved Hawkins AV club members age with each season, it's also just as much of a coming-of-age story.You'll come for the supernatural-meets-government-conspiracy plot and charming references, but you'll stay for the charismatic young cast as they learn to deal with all of those uncomfortable, awkward, and wonderful adolescent emotions.
Teenage Bounty Hunters (2020)
The name of this show alone sounds ridiculous, yet very literally explains the Netflix original's premise: A set of fraternal teenage twins get in a car accident with someone you'd never want to get in a car accident with, a rugged bounty hunter, who requests they carry out his bidding to cover up the damage they did to their dad's truck. In an age of teen shows where the absolute batshit has become pretty commonplace, this doesn't sound too out there, but Teenage Bounty Hunters shines in its own way for being way more of an oddball comedy than an intense teen thriller. Seriously, you'll be pleasantly surprised by its whip-smart humor and the way it revels in the offbeat.
13 Reasons Why (2017–2020)
Whether you've read the source material or not, Netflix's most divisive drama will ensnare you. Brian Yorkey's adaptation follows Clay (Dylan Minnette), a Liberty High student who receives seven cassettes defogging his crush's mysterious rationale for suicide, followed by a second season that uses a series of Polaroids to expose the school's secrets. Dramatic by nature but effective in execution, 13 Reasons Why unspools an addictive story while touching upon heavy issues like depression, driving under the influence, and sexual consent. It might seem over the top at times, but that's the way high school was and is. The heartbreak is real.
The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Here's the pitch: not one, but two hot vampire brothers. While it premiered back in 2009 at the sparkly peak of Twilight mania, this supernatural teen soap has more in common with co-creator Kevin Williamson's witty '90s work—Dawson's Creek and Scream—than it does with Stephenie Meyer's po-faced novels. Based on a series of books by YA writer L. J. Smith, the show brings you into the inner life of a newly orphaned high-schooler named Elena (Nina Dobrev) who gets pursued by sultry, good vamp Stefan (Paul Wesley) and his equally sultry, evil bro Damon (Lost's Ian Somerhalder). There's love triangles, complicated mythology, crazy plot twists, and countless scenes where yokels get bit in the neck by pale guys with great hair. But its the wry, almost Buffy-like comic tone that keeps you coming back.
If you ever wanted to find out Ariana Grande's origin story, look no further than Victorious, a show that revolved around a group of students getting into mischief at a performing arts school. When Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) takes the place of her sister in a singing showcase, she clinches a spot at Hollywood Arts High School, where she makes a group of weird yet talented buddies who get into various screwball situations.
Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (2013)
When we talk about shows canceled too early, Bo Burnham's mockumentary sitcom Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous is one that barely got a foot in the door before it was forced to end, but in the ensuing years it's become something of a cult classic. Burnham plays Zach Stone, a teen fresh out of high school who eschews going to college and attempts to pursue fame instead, hiring a camera crew to follow him around and record his mundane daily activities, convinced that overnight celebrity is just a vlog away.
What's the best Netflix series going on right now? ›
- The Mole.
- The Watcher.
- The Sinner.
- Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga.
- The Sandman.
- Love on the Spectrum U.S.
- The Lincoln Lawyer.
- The School for Good and Evil.
- 20th Century Girl.
- Tall Girl 2.
- Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.
- Through My Window.
- The DUFF.
- Save the Last Dance.
- Step Sisters.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) ...
- The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) ...
- The Baby-Sitters Club (1995) ...
- Queen of Katwe (2016) ...
- The Goonies (1985) ...
- Adventures in Babysitting (1987) ...
- The Princess Diaries (2001) ...
- Freaky Friday (2003)
There are a lot of great Netflix series for your young teenager — probably a lot more than you'd expect. The streaming service offers a range of teen shows, spanning from TV series for 9- to 12-year-olds to good shows for 13-year-olds and up.What is the #1 watched show on Netflix? ›
Stranger Things (season 3), a retro sci-fi series -- 582.1 million hours. Lucifer (season 5), a fantasy police procedural -- 569.5 million hours. All of Us Are Dead, a Korean zombie thriller taking place in a high school -- 560.8 million hours. The Witcher (season 1), a fantasy show -- 541 million hours.What is the most watched series on Netflix 2022? ›
- Squid Game (season 1), a Korean survival thriller -- 1.65 billion hours.
- Stranger Things (season 4), a retro sci-fi series -- 1.35 billion hours.
- Dahmer, a true-crime serial killer series -- 856.2 million hours.
A Netflix Kids profile (intended for ages 12 and under) will only play TV shows and movies carefully selected for kids, and it won't allow access to account settings or Netflix mobile games. All Kids profiles have an icon that says “kids” so you can easily identify them.What is R rated on Netflix? ›
|R||Restricted. May be inappropriate for ages 17 and under.|
|TV-MA||For Mature Audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under.|
|NC-17||Inappropriate for ages 17 and under|
Stranger Things 4 is rated TV-14 for horror elements and language which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 17.Is 13 still a tween? ›
Children enter their tween years somewhere around ages 9 to 12 years old. The exact range can vary, with some children exhibiting signs as early as 8 years of age. Some tweens may be in this stage until they're 13 years old.
What age is a tween? ›
The "tween years" can be challenging for both children and their parents. Young adolescents are continuing to explore their community and world and beginning to develop unique identities separate from their parents.Is Mean Girls appropriate for 11 year old? ›
MEAN GIRLS is recommend for ages 10+. Includes some mature content.Does Netflix check your age? ›
You must verify your age at www.netflix.com/verifyage to access mature content. It typically indicates that you have not yet completed age verification on your account. To resolve this issue, visit netflix.com/verifyage on a computer and complete the age verification process.Is the end of the F World appropriate for 14 year olds? ›
SCARRING content for kids, DISTURBING for adults - 18+ ONLY.
Extremely disturbing / traumatic topics for teens and kids.
Parent reviewers on Common Sense Media agree that the show is ideal for kids aged 13 and up, and there's a decent chance that you'll become as addicted to the series as your teenager!What are the top 3 most watched shows on Netflix? ›
Most Popular TV (English)
|#||TV (English)||Hours viewed in first 28 days|
|1||Stranger Things 4||1,352,090,000|
|2||DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story||856,220,000|
|3||Bridgerton: Season 2||656,260,000|
|4||Bridgerton: Season 1||625,490,000|
- The Witcher season 1: 541 million hours.
- Inventing Anna: 511.9 million hours.
- 13 Reasons Why season 2: 496.1 million hours.
- Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: 496 million hours.
- Ozark season 4: 491.1 million hours.
- The Witcher season 2: 484.3 million hours.
- Game of Thrones (2011–2019) TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
- Stranger Things (2016– ) ...
- The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
- 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020) ...
- The 100 (2014–2020) ...
- Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019) ...
- Riverdale (2017– ) ...
- Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
|#||Films (English)||Hours viewed|
|1||The Good Nurse||68,310,000|
|2||The School for Good and Evil||41,950,000|
|4||Wild Is the Wind||8,890,000|
- 4/10 'Bridgerton' Season 2: 656,260,000 hours.
- 3/10 'Money Heist' 5: 792, 230, 000 hours.
- 2/10 'Stranger Things 4': 1,352,090,000 hours.
- 1/10 'Squid Game' Season 1: 1, 650, 450, 000 hours.
What did Netflix cancel 2022? ›
- Each year, we're forced to say some painful goodbyes. It happens without fail, a new slew of TV shows are canceled, some beloved, others less so. ...
- Gentefied. ...
- Cooking with Paris. ...
- Stranger Things. ...
- Never Have I Ever. ...
- The Baby-Sitters Club. ...
- Archive 81. ...
- Locke & Key.
According to the findings of a recent survey, around 75 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 subscribed to Netflix as of mid-2021, compared to just 44 percent of those aged 65 or above.What age is my girl suitable for? ›
We award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film for ages twelve and above.Can my 7 year old watch a 12? ›
Films classified 12A and video works classified 12 contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12. No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.Is Ma same as R? ›
Programming rated TV-MA in the United States by the TV Parental Guidelines signifies content for mature audiences. It corresponds to the MPA's R rating.Is R rating worse than 18? ›
Rated G: General audiences – All ages admitted. Rated PG: Parental guidance suggested – Some material may not be suitable for pre-teenagers. Rated R: Restricted – Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Rated X: No one under 17 admitted.Does Rated R mean 17+? ›
R: Restricted, Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian. This rating means the film contains adult material such as adult activity, harsh language, intense graphic violence, drug abuse and nudity.Why is Squid Game rated 18+? ›
Parents need to know that the level of violence is very intense in Squid Game. Characters are systematically tortured and killed for the sadistic pleasure of a game master. Adults have sex, and there are threats of sexual violence: Women are grabbed by the hair and beaten.Can a 13 year old watch Squid Game? ›
In an emailed statement, a Netflix spokesperson said that “Squid Game” is intended for mature audiences, which means it may not be suitable for ages 17 and under.What age should child get phone? ›
Your children could be ready for a smartphone or similar device anywhere from 10 to 14, or during middle school. A sixth-grader (typically 10 to 11 years old) could be a good start for considering a phone or a wearable.
What is a 20 year old called? ›
There are different words for people in each decade of age: A person between 10 and 19 years old is called a denarian. A person between 20 and 29 is called a vicenarian.Should 12 year olds be dating? ›
The general consensus from the group was that 12 seems to be a good age to begin dating. However, Miller finds that, at that age, the word dating means very different things to different people. Middle-schooler Giovanni, said, "Some people just hang out with their boyfriend or girlfriend.Is a 20 year old a teenager? ›
The word "teenager" is often associated with adolescence. Most neurologists consider the brain still developing into the persons early or mid-20s. A person becomes a teenager when they become 13 years old. It ends when they become 20 years old.What do 8 year olds call? ›
Middle Childhood (6-8 years of age)Should my 12 year old have a phone? ›
Ages 10 to 12
Cheng says parents should place strict limits on phone usage at this age and not give children Internet-enabled mobile devices. “Kids should only be allowed to use phones to call their parents,” he says.
While you may think your 11-year-old is very mature, the truth is, they are just not ready to be dating at this age. 11-year-olds can be really sensitive to peer pressure and their emotions can be all over the place due to their changing bodies and hormones.Is 50 Shades of GREY appropriate for a 12 year old? ›
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rated it "R," meaning that children younger than 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The British Board of Film Classification gave it an "18."Is kissing booth appropriate for kids? ›
Because of these issues, along with frequent coarse language, The Kissing Booth isn't suitable for children under 16 years. If your older teenagers do watch this movie, it might be good to talk about these issues with them afterwards.What age is Titanic for? ›
The MPAA rated Titanic PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language.What does 18+ mean on Netflix? ›
G: Appropriate for people of all ages. PG 12: Parental guidance is required for children under the age of 12. R 15+: People aged 15 and above will be admitted. ID is required to confirm your age. R 18+: People aged 18 and above will be admitted.
Does Netflix know your gender? ›
Netflix says the recommendations system does not take into account demographic information, such as age or gender, as part of the decision making process.What is R21 on Netflix? ›
This PIN will be needed for your child to view content that is of a specific rating: G, PG, PG13, or NC16/M18. All content that is R21 will need a PIN to be accessed. For example, if your child is 13, you can set the restriction at PG13 so that they will need to enter the PIN to access anything rated PG13 and up.Is Stranger Things OK for a 9 year old? ›
What's the Stranger Things Age Rating? First, it's worth noting that the maker of Stranger Things, Netflix, has rated it TV-14. That means they don't think it's appropriate for anyone under 14 to watch it.Is Stranger Things OK for 12 year olds? ›
Stranger Things is rated TV-14.
Overall, the nonprofit notes it's best for kids 13 and older.
Despite the scary, disturbing and otherwise crass content present in the Netflix original series, “Stranger Things,” the show still holds a TV-14 rating.Is on my block OK for kids? ›
“On My Block,” according to Netflix, “may be unsuitable for children ages 14 and under,” which means that the characters it tracks are barely old enough to watch it.Is Outer Banks OK for kids? ›
Outer Banks probably isn't the best show for children to watch. Specifically, this show is rated for mature adults due to potentially “crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity, or graphic violence.”› ... › Community Board ›
Who let their kids watch Mean Girls? not me
Can My Teen Watch You on Netflix?
Can My Teen Watch You on Netflix?
- New Girl. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did, but there are so many things to love about this show. ...
- The Office. I mean, it's a classic. ...
- Schitt's Creek. ...
- Never Have I Ever. ...
- Ted Lasso. ...
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. ...
- Stranger Things. ...
- Cobra Kai.
No one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema. No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.
Can under 15s watch a 15 film? ›
15. No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema. A cinema may lose its licence if it admits children under 15 to a 15 rated film. No theme in a 15 rated film is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15-year-olds and any dangerous or illegal behaviour is not endorsed or promoted by the film ...Can under 15s watch a 15 film with parents? ›
15 – for 15 year-olds and over
No one younger than 15 can go and see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video, DVD or download.
In contrast to a "minor", a legal adult is a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible. The typical age of attaining legal adulthood is 18, although definition may vary by legal rights, country, and psychological development.Is 15 a good age to start dating? ›
As a general guideline, Dr. Eagar advises not allowing single dating before age sixteen. “There's an enormous difference between a fourteen- or fifteen-year- old and a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old in terms of life experience,” he says.What age is a tween? ›
The "tween years" can be challenging for both children and their parents. Young adolescents are continuing to explore their community and world and beginning to develop unique identities separate from their parents.What does 18+ mean in movies? ›
Restricted categories for adult films
X 18+ films are restricted to adults. This classification is a special and legally-restricted category due to sexually explicit content including actual sexual intercourse or other sexual activity between consenting adults.
"Joker is rated R, and for good reason. There's lots of very, very rough language, brutal violence, and overall bad vibes. It's a gritty, dark, and realistic Taxi Driver-esque depiction of one man's descent into madness. It's not for kids, and they won't like it, anyway.Can a 3 year old go to the cinema? ›
Well, it depends on your kid. Lots of kids see their first movie around the age of 3 or 4, but some parents wait until kids are a bit older, especially if they're sensitive to loud noises or scared of the dark. Choose the right movie. Obviously, you want something kid-friendly -– usually, animation fits the bill.Can a 1 year old go to the cinema? ›
You're never too young for the magic of film and most of our cinemas welcome babies for titles rated U, PG and 12A.Can a 2 year old go to the cinema? ›
Once your toddler turns 2, up to one hour of screen time use is OK, but parents should watch with their children to help them understand what they are viewing. So, given that movies range from an hour and a half to two hours long, they should be the rare exception, not the rule, on your toddler's list of activities.
Do cinemas check your age? ›
Our staff are legally required to ask for proof that you are old enough to watch an age restricted film if they have any doubt. In order to prove your age we require official I.D. that includes a photo and date of birth such as a passport or driver's license.Are 13 year olds adults? ›
According to the US government, a child officially becomes an adult when he or she turns 18. That's when one can vote and start paying taxes.Can a 14 year old go to an R rated movie? ›
You must be at least 17 with a photo ID, which includes your birth date, to purchase a ticket for yourself for an R rated movie. If you are under 17, or do not have a photo ID, your parent must come to the theatre to purchase your ticket for an R rated movie.Can I take a 4 year old to a 12A film? ›
No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. Adults planning to take a child under 12 to view a 12A film should consider whether the film is suitable for that child.